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My Year in Reading: 2014

Looking Back and Looking Ahead: The 2014 Reading Year + 2015 Reading Goals and Resolutions

2014 is not my year in reading. 2014 was supposed to be my year in writing but alas, it didn’t prove to be that. I expected not to finish the more or less 50 books that I finish each year because of that novel I’ve turned inside my head since I’ve toyed with the idea of writing. I only got to finish drafts for six chapters, roughly a quarter of the projected output that I outlined in January last year. During the writing process, I suffered from mild self-diagnosed anxiety attacks. I guess I’m that mad sort of writer. To maintain my sanity, I decided to put all this writing on hold until I’m more emotionally stable and until I am more capable at sculpting my novel into the shape that I want it to become. I’m not attempting to romanticize my writing but that’s just the way it is. I can’t help to be a moody writer. I know my novel will remain swimming inside my head, but what of my dear beta readers? I feel that …

Books to Read: December 2013

Books to Read: December 2013

These are the books that I finished last month and the last books that I’ll be reading this year. And, sadly, this is going to be my last reading plan, at least for the mean time. I’ve already mentioned something about this in a previous post. I’ve been quite busy, and as of late, I prefer reading whatever book that gets my attention right there and then. Besides, I’ll be working on a writing a project at the start of 2014. That is going to eat whatever’s left of my time, which isn’t much as one can see from the lack of posts on this blog. Actually, I’m already working on little drafts here and there, outlines, and notes. So yeah, planned reading is not something that would be helpful in that regard. In addition, I’ve dropped a lot of books from the reading plans this year. Last month is no exception from this. If you’re curious what these books are, check them out below: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – well, I just …

Books to Read: November 2013

Books to Read: November 2013

Whoa! I am not going to read all these books for November alone. Actually, these are the books that I finished (just a couple) and that I plan to read for the remaining days of the year. Why am I doing it differently this time? Because, sadly, I am saying goodbye to monthly reading plans next year. This is another change that I am experiencing as a reader. I just feel like picking whatever piques my curiosity, which is the case with Marcel Proust. Who knows, I might become a more prolific reader if I just pick books that I feel like reading at the moment. And who knows, I might return planning what I want to read. Anyway, I am very excited with my picks for the last quarter year (which I all hope to finish so that I could complete my third Goodreads Reading Challenge). I have selected books from Nobel laureates, some modernist novels, the last two books of the month, and the spillover tomes. Here they are: The Left Stack (books …

Books to Read: October 2013

Books to Read: October 2013

It’s the last quarter of the year and I am going to shake things up a bit. Actually, I’m going to tone things down because if I keep on stacking books that I know I wouldn’t be able to touch within the month, I can kiss my reading goal goodbye as early as now. I know quantity matters less than quality but my obsessive-compulsive self wouldn’t let go of it. So in an attempt to manage my reading, here’s the stack that’s in store for me this month. The Left Stack (books I must read and finish): Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – from May. Currently on page 258. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – from January. Currently on page 575. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay – our book of the month. This copy was lent to me lest I kill the moderator. Of course, I wouldn’t do that. I think I have a higher tolerance for fantasy novels than crime or mystery novels. The Right Stack (books I have finished): Are You There God? …

Books to Read: September 2013

Books to Read: September 2013

Hey, I’m still alive! It’s just that I’ve been out of the loop because of work load and lack of a stable Internet connection. I’ve been waiting for nearly a month for one of our national providers to get me connected, but still, there’s no follow-up from them. Welcome to the Philippines. Anyway, here’s the stack of books that I intend to read. The Left Stack (books I want to read soon and books I need to read soon): Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume – don’t judge me. This is from the Time’s 100 Novels. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler – also from Time Magazine. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – from June. The Homecoming by Harold Pinter – a Nobel laureate. I would love to read something by Seamus Heaney, another Nobelist who died a few days ago, but I don’t have anything by him. So I guess this would do? The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – something for the Classics Club. …